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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 15, 2009 10:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Correct me if I'm wrong but I recall even Cliff saying good things about this recording and you know how he feels about AUD's

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-07-01.fob.kaslow-todd.motb-0055.88528.flac16

broke it out again last night, comes through loud and clear. Sounds much more real and warm than the SBD

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 15, 2009 11:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Good call- one of the very best '73-74 auds. Jerry's guitar is way up front; crowd is present but not intrusive. I always thought this one sounded extra good on headphones.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: May 15, 2009 3:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

The Looks Like Rain, if you ignore the lyrics, is really good. I always liked this song musically and Jerry's guitar solo at the midpoint is really cool. You can hear a guy snort afterwards and mutter "all right!" after it's over (I hear it in my right ear in my headphones).

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Poster: august_wst Date: May 15, 2009 11:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

yeah, but can you really count Wall of Sound recording as regular audience recordings? I mean it was a little more forgiving than recording stuff coming over your standard PA.

It's kind of like hitting the side of a barn from 10 feet away.

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: May 15, 2009 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Wall of Sound wasn't till early '74, right? So this recording was pre-WoS. Unless they were testing some kind of prototype on this date.

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Poster: august_wst Date: May 15, 2009 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Wall of Sound debuted on 2/9/73

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Poster: GennyBenni Date: May 15, 2009 12:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

We're both right:

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Though the initial framework and a rudimentary form of the system was unveiled at Stanford University's Roscoe Maples Pavilion on February 9, 1973 (ominously, every tweeter blew as the band began their first number), the Grateful Dead did not begin to tour with the full system until a year later. The completed Wall of Sound made its public debut on March 23, 1974, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. A recording of the performance was released in 2002 as Dick's Picks Volume 24.

The rising cost of fuel and personnel, as well as friction among many of the newer crew members and associated hangers-on, contributed to the band's October 1974 "retirement." The Wall of Sound was disassembled, and when the Dead began touring again in 1976, it was with a more logistically practical sound system.
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I agree with you - even a "rudimentary" version of the wall of sound was powerful enough to generate beautiful AUD recordings.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: May 8, 2010 9:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

I got to hear the "Wall Of Sound" in Atlanta in 1974. It seemed that no matter where you stood the sound was loud and CLEAN! Pictures don't do it justice, it looked and sounded amazing!
When the band finally parted out "The Wall" I believe about five or six other bands including the Stones and the Allmans ended up with a piece of it.
I didn't see the band in '73 but I understand the "Wall" was introduced that year with all the high stacks behind the band. The center cluster array completed the system in 1974. Vocals sucked and sounded "reedy" because of the microphones used. That was the only weak spot in the sound.

Wall Of Sound 1973 November 30,1973. Boston Music Hall

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Photo Mary Ann Mayer

Wall Of Sound 1974 March 23, 1974 Debut.

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Photo ©Richard Pechner

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2010-05-09 04:27:38

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Poster: rpechner Date: May 8, 2010 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Hi SkyDog,
I was wondering if you wouldn't mind adding my copyright to my image of the Wall of Sound you have posted? It's cool that you use it as long as I get photo credit.
Credit should appear: Photo ©Richard Pechner
I have other images you might want to post and you can see them here: rpechner.com in the gallery "Music"
Cheers,
Richard

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: May 8, 2010 9:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

Apologies Richard, and thank you! Great photos!

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 15, 2009 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

you'd think that but there are a lot of crappy AUD's from those years. Go figure.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: May 15, 2009 11:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 7-1-73 here's what AUD's are all about

One of my favorites - gets regular airplay in the jg household.